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Dick Bonham

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  1. Hi Janel, Your piece is as usual Beautiful! You are a Master Carver and Sculptor. Dick
  2. Hi, I think drawings should be part of showing any piece. People can see the how the design evolved and developed. I often do extensive drawings and designs of some of my pieces. The way I work, often making a hindered or so pieces and brazing and soldering them together, forces me to design and draw the piece to the last detail. I try to solve problems before they occur to save time. Here is a piece I created with the drawings showing the design process. Dick
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    Hi Robert, I think you are correct in suggesting that it is much better to buy a new graver handle. The old gravers I have were probably made during the Depression when a full time engraver had to make ends meet. Mr. Brown-Hess drilled hole in a dowell and drilled the cork for the dowell. A lot of work but pennies counted. Here is a picture of the graver handle. Dick
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    Years ago I bought all of the tools from the widow of an engraver who died in the fifties. I bought an engravers ball, books, samples and many gravers. Most of them had cork handles. I just looked at them and sure enough they were champagne corks. He was a full time engraver and quite good so the handles obviously worked very well. Thanks Doug. Dick
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    Jim, Thank you for a great lesson. I just reburbished and upgraded my Magna Graver and it now has collets for round tools. What a great easy way to make gravers. Dick
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    Jim, How do you cut the rod to the proper length and what do you use to grind the faces of the graver to the proper shape? Dick
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